5 Things You Need To Know Today In Worcester – November 17 – This Week In Worcester

In today’s daily 5 Things You Need to Know feature, ThisWeekinWorcester.com explores five important items and stories that Worcester and Central Massachusetts residents should keep a close eye on.
These five things can cover a whole range of subjects and issues that we feel are pertinent to understanding what’s going on in the city and the cities and towns surrounding Worcester.
In today’s edition – Wednesday, November 17 – Discover Central MA is hosting a job fair with employers from the hospitality industry, Quinsigamond Community College announces the 36th Annual HACE Award Winners, Mechanics Hall hosts the Firefighter of the Year Awards, deadline for nominations for the next Worcester’s Youth Poet Laureate extended to December 1, and Apprenticeship Week opens with state grants for six central Massachusetts organizations.
Discover Central MA will host its first ever Hospitality Job Fair today from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the DCU Center. Representatives from area restaurants, convention centers, function venues, retail stores, cultural attractions, sports teams and more, will be on-site.
The companies expected to attend are:
Quinsigamond Community College announced its 36th Hispanics Achieving and Celebrating Excellence [HACE] award winners on Tuesday, November 16.
The HACE awards honor those students who have excelled in arts, academics, athletics, community service, leadership and civic/political engagement.
Three students received special awards this year:
HACE awards were presented to 33 33 Worcester and Southbridge high school students which include scholarships ranging from $350 to $450.
Those students are:
Mechanics Hall at 321 Main Street in Worcester hosts the 32nd Annual Firefighter of the Year Awards on Tuesday, November 23, at 10 AM. State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey and other officials will recognize heroic acts of bravery by Massachusetts firefighters.
Seventeen individuals and four groups representing the departments of Attleboro, Brewster, Brockton, Carver, Dartmouth, Harwich, Kingston, Lynnfi­eld, New Bedford, Springfi­eld, Saugus, Somerville, Sutton, and Worcester will be recognized.
Guests will include family members, previous award recipients, elected officials, fire chiefs from across the Commonwealth, and members of the public safety community.
The Worcester’s Cultural Development Division searches for Worcester’s next Youth Poet Laureate. The person selected serves a two-year term, from January 2022 through December 2023 and receives an annual honorarium of $500 and a one-time $2,500 scholarship.
The objectives of the City of Worcester’s Youth Poet Laureate Programs are to:
Applications are available at the City of Worcester website, and must be submitted or postmarked by Wednesday, December 1. Those interested may be nominated by an outside source or choose to self-nominate. Applications can be submitted online, emailed to [email protected], or mailed to: Cultural Development Office, Attn: City of Worcester Poet Laureate Program, 455 Main Street, Room 409, Worcester, MA 01608.
Governor Charlie Baker’s office announced $2.7 million in new grant funding to 19 organizations supporting expanded apprenticeship programs across Massachusetts. The programs provide critical workforce training and boost employment opportunities for residents.
Quinsigamound Community College received $100,000 and two locations of Family Services of Central Massachusetts received $100,000 each.
In Auburn, Aimtek received $90,000 and A-Tech Turbine received $95,000. The Blackstone Valley Education Hub also received a grant for $25,000.


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